While the term “narcissism” stems from an ancient Greek myth of a handsome teenager, it describes either a personality trait or a psychological disorder, depending on its use. At its core is an unhealthy obsession with one’s self to the neglect of everyone else: the narcissist is the center of his own universe, so everything revolves around him and everyone else exists to meet his needs. Most narcissists do not intend to function this way, but they do because they don’t know how else to behave.
Addiction is a lot like narcissism: addicts become so self-absorbed that their need for drugs or alcohol always comes first. Friends, family members and even spouses take a back seat to the disease, and priorities are rearranged to adjust for drugs. Addiction, like narcissism, causes an obsession with meeting one’s own needs, but this act leaves the addict more empty, lonely and needy than before.
How Alprazolam Addiction Works
Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine sold under the brand name Xanax, which is prescribed to treat the following psychological disorders:
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive behaviors
Alprazolam works by changing the chemistry of the brain. In short, it slows neurological activity and gives users a mildly euphoric high when first taken. Users develop a tolerance to the drug, which means they will need larger and more frequent doses to feel relief. Some alprazolam addicts mix it with other drugs or with alcohol to intensity its effects.
Narcissism and Alprazolam
Because alprazolam is addictive, addicts will experience various withdrawal symptoms when they go long enough without a dose. The brain will crave relief from these symptoms on a deep and very powerful level; in fact, these cravings are significantly more powerful than rational thought. This emotional core of the brain is also where narcissism lives. Everything in the addict’s world will revolve around scratching this itch.
Treatment for Alprazolam and Narcissism
Recovering from both alprazolam addiction and narcissism is possible with the right help. This involves counseling, education, accountability, coping skill development and close medical attention. Many alprazolam addicts and narcissists avoid help until they are forced into it. In recovery circles this is referred to as “hitting bottom.” When the consequences of one’s disease become impossible to ignore, that’s when the addict might admit her need for help and submit to treatment.
If you have questions about alprazolam addiction recovery or the symptoms of narcissism, call our toll-free helpline immediately. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. They can connect people with the best recovery resources available. You may feel that healing is out of reach, but it is not. Let us help you before this disease causes you to lose yourself. Help is available, so call us today.